Floreana Island

Feb 13, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today we spent the entire day exploring Floreana Island. This island has been visited by pirates, whalers, sealers, and pioneer settlers since before the 1700s. We had a lovely pre-breakfast walk at Punta Cormorant and enjoyed seeing dancing blue footed boobies!  The morning was cool and the trail sloped up and then gently sloping down to a beautiful white sand beach where sea turtles had nested the night before.

After breakfast we took a Zodiac cruise around a small offshore islet named Champion and searched for elusive and rare Floreana mockingbirds. Gorgeous white tropic birds with fire engine red bills ducked into their cliffside nests. We also saw sea lions and crabs along the coast. Many of our guests went snorkeling and were delighted to see sea lions swirling gracefully beside them and huge schools of colorful fish. There were also several white tipped reef sharks.

In the afternoon we visited the Post Office Barrel and explored the small islets by kayak and Zodiac where we saw rays, sea turtles, colorful marine iguanas, and the ever charming sea lions!

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Lynn Fowler

Expedition Leader

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of seven children, Lynn grew up in various university towns where her father was a professor of physics. Lynn obtained her B.A. in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, followed by a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Florida, which encompassed a study of marine turtles in Costa Rica. She arrived in Galápagos in 1978 and became one of the first female naturalist guides working for the Galápagos National Park.

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Jonathan Aguas

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Jonathan was born into one of only a handful of families that reaches back five generations in Galápagos, in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island. He first left the islands when he won a highly-coveted scholarship to finish his studies in the U.S.  This was the start of his life-long passion for science and languages. He earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology from the University of Florida and later spent time in Europe, where he learned French. He is now fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

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